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Georgia Cancer Specialists Collect More than 3,500 Bags
Georgia Cancer Specialists Collect More than 3,500 Bags

Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS)—a Top 10 private cancer practice in the U.S.—collected 3,530 new and nearly bags during the ninth annual Totes to Tots suitcase drive for foster children.

The event was held Friday, January 21, at 22 GCS offices across the state, a GCS news release says.

Totes to Tots delivers new or nearly new backpacks and kid-sized suitcases to foster children in Georgia—from infants to teenagers—many of whom must shuffle their belongings from home to home in garbage bags during frequent relocations.

The annual volunteer event was first launched by GCS in 2003 and has collected and distributed more than 25,500 bags.

Originally held on Martin Luther King Day as a way to honor Dr. King’s vision and give back to the community, Totes is now held on the Friday before MLK Day as a kickoff to a weekend of service.

The 2011 event was pushed back a week due to the recent icy winter weather conditions.

GCS President and interim CEO Dr. J. Bancroft Lesesne said, “Totes to Tots captures the spirit of Georgia Cancer Specialists and our practice-wide commitment to helping others.

By hosting the event to launch the Martin Luther King weekend, we believe that we honor Dr. King’s dream as we provide tangible reminders to the foster children in our state that someone cares about them.” 

As the event has grown, businesses and organizations in the community continue to step up and donate large amounts of bags. American Signature Furniture, Weight Watchers, and Honeywell all donated more than 100 bags, while local schools and Girl Scout troops also took up their own collections to donate.

GCS partners with the Division of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) to distribute the bags in the counties in which they’re collected.

Rachelle Carnesale, DFCS Division Director said, “This program, through practical support, sends a message of hope to these children that they are moving forward in the world and becoming young adults.

On behalf of the Department of Human Services and Commissioner Clyde Reese, we are so grateful for this profound initiative.”

To learn more about Totes to Tots, visit www.gacancer.com, or find Totes on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/Totes2Tots.

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